How to Read the Bible
For too long we’ve read the Bible with 19th century eyes and 16th century questions. It’s time to get back to first century eyes and 21st century questions. NT Wright
Our popular series of study afternoons looks at different books and themes of the Bible with leading scholars. We explore what these books and stories would have meant those who heard them first and what they might mean to us now. No previous knowledge is necessary, just come with an open mind to read these books as if for the first time.
I Am With You Always: The Gospel According to Matthew
Saturday 28 January 2.00 – 4.30pm
The Gospels are ancient biographies, each with a different portrait of Jesus. Matthew portrays Jesus as the new Moses, the new leader of Israel, come to fulfil the law and the prophets. It is here we find the great passages of teaching, including the Sermon on the Mount, the parables of the Kingdom and the teachings about the church.
Probably written in the mid 80s AD after the terrible destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, Matthew draws on Mark’s earlier Gospel and expands it, asking searching questions about the meaning of Jesus’ life and teaching at this time of desolation, caring for his readers in the midst of their painful separation from the synagogue. In this study afternoon we will explore Matthew’s particularly Jewish portrait of Jesus and what it brings distinctively to our understanding of him and of our faith.
The Revd Dr Richard Burridge is Dean and Professor of Biblical Interpretation of King’s College London, and the author of numerous books including Four Gospels, One Jesus, joint winner of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for theology.
Cost £15 per workshop, bursaries available. The afternoons will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral and details will be sent with bookings. Bursaries are available for those for whom the charge would make it difficult to attend: please contact us for details.
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